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Did Sidewalk Labs overstep with their masterplan It certainly raised concerns at

Postmedia file photo HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS “Now, (if) at the end of the day people don’t want us to do something beyond Quayside, that’s entirely fair. It doesn’t mean we’ll want to do Quayside, though,” Doctoroff said.“I’m not using the term deal breaker, but what I will say is that we do not believe just at the scale of Quayside that Waterfront Toronto’s priority objectives can be achieved. That’s just a reality.”The current development started in 2017 with a request for proposals from Waterfront Toronto, a federal-provincial-municipal agency tasked with revitalizing the city’s lakefront lands.I’m not using the term deal breaker, but … we do not believe just at the scale of Quayside that Waterfront Toronto’s priority objectives can be achievedSidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff Alphabet Inc.’s Sidewalk Labs released its sprawling masterplan for Toronto’s eastern waterfront on Monday, but the scope of the company’s ambitions, which extend well beyond the five-hectare Quayside district it was initially tasked to develop, are raising concerns with the federal-provincial-municipal agency overseeing the project.In its 1,500-page, four-volume development plan, Sidewalk Labs proposed to invest $1.3-billion to kickstart the real estate portion of the plan, which would feature tall wooden buildings and various smart city features, such as sensors, flexible streetscapes and robotic freight tunnels to reduce traffic.But it also indicated that any plan was dependent on also developing a nearby parcel of land known as West Villiers, where it said Google Inc. — Sidewalk’s sister company — would move its Canadian headquarters during the second phase of the project, sometime in mid-2020.That, in addition to identifying four other parcels of land, totalling dozens more hectares, into which it might eventually scale any successful experiments from Quayside, elicited a reaction from Waterfront Toronto. Five potential sticking points in Sidewalk Labs’ masterplan for the Toronto waterfront Google critic Roger McNamee urges Toronto to abandon ‘surveillance capitalism’ project Sidewalk Labs ‘Most people don’t like change’: CEO of Sidewalk Labs says criticism of project was inevitable In a letter distributed to media, Waterfront Toronto chairman Stephen Diamond said the scope of the real estate development was broader than anticipated, and Sidewalk is asking for major commitments from government, including regulatory changes and a promise to build transit through the proposed neighbourhood.“Based on our initial review of the MIDP, there are a number of exciting ideas that respond to challenges we face, particularly related to environmental sustainability and economic development,” Diamond wrote. “There are also proposals where it is clear that Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs have very different perspectives about what is required for success.”In response to Diamond’s letter, Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff told the Financial Post that Waterfront Toronto laid out a series of key objectives at the very beginning of the process, and both organizations have always acknowledged that greater scale than just Quayside might be necessary to achieve ambitious goals for housing, climate-positive urban development, clean technology and urban innovation.Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff. The MIDP lays out multiple business models, with 11 potential sources of revenue.All in all, Sidewalk is proposing up to $1.3 billion in funding and financing, which they say could induce up to $38 billion in investment by 2040.The core of that is $900 million in upfront capital for the real estate component, which will include dynamic data-powered streetscapes and buildings constructed entirely out of specially manufactured wood, produced out of an $80-million factory owned by Sidewalk Labs.For the first couple of phases of the project, Sidewalk Labs proposed that it would act directly as the property developer, and would buy or lease publicly owned land at a below-market price — discounted because Sidewalk is committing to meet a series of urban development objectives.Eventually, the same building techniques and technological systems would be deployed by other developers in a broader IDEA District throughout the Toronto port lands, with Sidewalk Labs acting as an advisor and a partner to the government agency specifically mandated with developing the larger district.Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront in an undated handout photo. “We’ve learned a lot. We’ve become a lot more sensitive to the uniqueness of this city,” Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff said. These are all potential problems for Waterfront Toronto, according to the letter Diamond published Monday.“Waterfront Toronto has told Sidewalk Labs that the concept of the IDEA District is premature and that Waterfront Toronto must first see its goals and objectives achieved at Quayside before deciding whether to work together in other areas,” Diamond wrote.One aspect of the development that Sidewalk does not plan to earn money from is data. When the proposed project was originally announced in the fall of 2017, it was meant to be a new neighbourhood built “from the internet up” with high-tech sensors and data-driven community management.Sidewalk Labs said in the MIDP that it would like to see an independent urban data trust established by the government to regulate all data collection in the development. The data trust would receive applications for all urban data sensor systems.The data trust would then make anonymized data equally available to anybody, so Sidewalk Labs would not have any special commercial advantage from proprietary data collected in the area.In releasing the MIDP, Sidewalk emphasized that the company has consulted with tens of thousands of Torontonians in developing the plan, and incorporated the feedback they received.“We’ve learned a lot. We’ve become a lot more sensitive to the uniqueness of this city,” Doctoroff said.“To their credit, Torontonians challenged us at every step and that made the plan better.”At least a few Torontonians were willing to give their reaction to the plan before it was even released; the grassroots #BlockSidewalk campaign issued a statement on Monday, pre-emptively objecting to the scope of the proposal.“This project was never about a small 12-acre site on Toronto’s waterfront, and the plan Sidewalk Labs has presented us with is proof of that,” the #BlockSidewalk news release said.“This is about Google trying to get access to hundreds of acres of Toronto’s prime waterfront public land. This is as much about privatization and corporate control as it is about privacy.”• Email: jmcleod@nationalpost.com | Twitter: read more

OSU mens soccer finishes second in Wolstein Classic

Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior midfielder Yianni Sarris plays the ball forward during a game against IPFW Aug. 20, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team took second in the eighth annual Wolstein Classic over the weekend, finishing behind undefeated UNC Wilmington and going 1-1 in the tournament as it opened regular season play.OSU dropped its first game of the season Friday to UNC Wilmington, 2-1, in double overtime. Buckeye senior captain and defender Sage Gardner scored OSU’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute. OSU was forced to play a man down late in the game after freshman defender Tyler Kidwell was shown a red card.The Buckeyes then took on Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon to finish off the tournament. Both teams came out aggressively in the first half and the officials gave out four yellow cards, three to the Buckeyes, and had to stop play to settle down the teams multiple times.“Well we got into a little trouble in the first half with three yellow cards,” coach John Bluem said after the game. “Those players have to be careful if you put them back into the game because if you get another yellow card, then you’re playing a man down, which happened to us Friday night and had a lot to do with our loss.”The Buckeyes scored the only goal of the first half in the 31st minute when Gardner took a free kick from just outside the right side of the box and played the ball in to where senior defender Alex Harrison was waiting to head it in the goal. This was Harrison’s first goal for the Buckeyes after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh for his senior season.Both teams began the second half with the same intensity, and in the 63rd minute senior forward James Stevenson’s penalty kick for Northern Illinois was saved by OSU junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov after he dove to the right and held onto the ball, maintaining the 1-0 lead.In the 73rd minute the Buckeyes added to their lead when sophomore defender Alex Bujenovic saved the ball from going out of bounds and played it in the middle of the box to junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic who put it into the back of the net.Ivanov saved another penalty kick in the 82nd minute, securing his first shutout and the Buckeyes first victory of the season.“I feel great,” Ivanov said. “I mean to keep the shutout and to get that monkey off my back tonight; it’s my first career shutout so I’m really proud about that.”The Buckeyes head to Tulsa, Okla., Friday for the University of Tulsa Classic. They are scheduled to play Tulsa at 8:30 p.m. and finish off the weekend with Southern Methodist Sunday at 1 p.m.Gardner is hoping the victory will carry over into next weekend.“It’s huge momentum, especially after the disappointing loss Friday,” Gardner said. “It immediately turns our season around and I think we take this into a tough weekend next weekend.” read more